I recently realized that I haven’t been doing enough crafts and “DIY” since I started working full time again. I have a few projects that I’ve been wanting to do in the back of my mind, but somehow other things come up and I just haven’t gotten to any of them yet. So, I was pretty excited when my friends over at Brit + Co. invited me to come to their MakeShop in San Francisco for a planter workshop. I’ve been wanting to go to the MakeShop to check out the 3D printers (cool, right??), so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to check out the space.
I’m a very independent DIY-er so it was also a new experience to go to a workshop and to get crafty with other people. It was so more fun being able to socialize and make pretty things, and also helpful to get pointers from the much more experienced DIYers who were there. Great company, DIY, crafts, oh and wine – so fun!
I loved the planter DIY because it was fun and pretty easy. Lowe’s was nice enough to supply us with the crafts for the planters, so there were a lot of options to chose from. For my planter, I was debating between a pot and a basket. I decided to go with a basket so that I could fit more flowers inside AND because the surface could easily conceal any mistakes!
Since I was making the planter to decorate my work space, I selected very colorful and bright flowers. For paint, I liked the idea of having a contrast between the colors on the basket and the flower colors, so I chose pastel blue and lavender. I have to admit, I didn’t have a vision for my basket… I just let one idea build on another and embraced the end result. So, for the first step I placed tape around the bottom of the basket to paint a pastel blue band around.
After the paint dried and I removed the tape, I found a gold pen and decided to use it to make a gold rim around the top of the basket. Then, I used some more tape to paint lavender in a criss-cross pattern on one side of the basket. I filled the other three sides with lavender paint (no pattern). The paint dried in about 20 minutes, I removed the paint, and voila! Done! New office desk decor to brighten my work days!
Thanks to Brit + Co. for inviting me to the workshop, and of course to Lowe’s for the great supplies and planter.
If you live in SF, I recommend checking out the MakeShop by Brit + Co (550 Sutter St). Oh, by the way the 3D printers were very cool and I can’t wait to check out a 3D printing workshop next!